The Chicago Employment Law Blog

February 2014 Archives

Can Illinois Businesses Refuse Service to Gays?

Although businesses can refuse to serve customers who don't pay their bills, Illinois businesses likely can't refuse to serve gay people.

While federal law doesn't protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people from discrimination when patronizing businesses, Illinois and Chicago laws forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation.

However, businesses that aren't open to the public may have a legal loophole.

Can Workers Be Fired For Taking Family Leave?

It's the anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act which entitles eligible employees to unpaid leave should certain personal or family health issues arise.

But can workers be fired for taking family leave? Generally speaking, you can't get fired or demoted for taking FMLA leave.

But if you do get fired, your claim of FMLA retaliation will depend on a number of factors, such as the following: